VC gears up for Lyceum Series reading events, film screening

Native-American author, humorist to share his irreverent look at the world

Sherman Alexie, Native-American author and humorist, will speak at noon on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the VISD Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive, as part of Victoria College’s Lyceum Series.

Alexie’s topic, “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World,” is free and open to the public.

Prior to Alexie’s talk, students and Crossroads residents are invited to read his book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and join in reading round table discussions. The public is also invited to attend a free screening of the 1998 film, “Smoke Signals,” based on one of Alexie’s short stories and for which he co-wrote the screenplay.

The book is available at the Victoria College Bookstore. VC students, faculty and staff can purchase the book at the discounted rate of $5. The book is $15 for the public.

The reading round table discussions will be at noon on Wednesday, Jan.23 and noon on Monday, Jan. 28 in the Faculty Dining Room in the Victoria College Student Center. Lunch will be provided and door prizes awarded.

“The reading round tables and film screening are intended to generate dialogue within the community centered on Alexie’s literary works prior to his Feb. 7 presentation,” said Darin Kazmir, who serves on the Lyceum lecture committee.

Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian born and raised in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash. He wrote “The Business of Fancydancing” and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.”

Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. In addition to publishing numerous award-winning books, Alexie has also written, produced and directed several films that feature a humorous look at society and pop culture.

Alexie is the recipient of numerous literary and artistic awards. He was a World Poetry Bout Association champion for four consecutive years and a guest editor of the literary journal “Ploughshares.” His short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” was selected by juror Ann Patchett as her favorite story for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005, according to

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, prior to Alexie’s appearance, the Victoria Public Library will offer a showing of the film “Smoke Signals” in conjunction with the Lyceum lecture. The free screening is will be at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Bronte Room and is open to the public.

In honor of Alexie's visit, the Victoria Advocate, in conjunction with Victoria College and the Victoria Public Library, is holding a short story contest.

The top three winners will have their stories featured in the Victoria Advocate and receive a signed copy of Alexie’s “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.”

Alexie is the third of four speakers of the 2012-13 VC Lyceum Lecture Series.

Published: Thursday, 17 January 2013

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